To the editor:
Last week’s obituary of Hampton Schoch liberated a flood of fond memories of my early career at Collins & Aikman Corp (C&A). You see, Ham was not only my boss, but my mentor for several years while I was employed at C&A both in Charlotte and Roxboro. Ham had a positive influence not only on my career but also that of many former C&A employees here in Person County and other C&A locations.
In June 1970, Ham offered me a job organizing an environmental survelliance program for the many manufacturing locations in the U.S. and Canada. At that time C&A was a major textile manufacturing company, ranked by Fortune Magazine as one of the top 500 corporations in the country. Its stock traded on the NYSE. Corporate sales during the previous year came in at $480 million and employment exceeded 50,000.
Ham had the vision to focus on air and water pollution control because he realized it was the right thing to do. He was tapped to lead the C&A Orange Co, Calif. carpet division as president. His leadership skills were put to good use locally, when he served as president of the Roxboro Area Chamber of Commerce. In those days, the RACC played a vital role in the recruitment of new industry.
Ham’s life was an example of service to his fellow man and the quality of life enjoyed by many in Person County was enhanced by his effort to do the right thing. He was an outstanding manager and motivator of people in his chain of command. The words cited in the Book of Matthew are appropriate when thinking of Ham Schoch: “Well done, good and faithful servant.”